Excellent Sound and Great Feature Set at a Price Everyone Can Afford
29 October 2013
Summary: I picked this receiver up about a year ago, lightly used on Craigslist for $400, which I think was a great deal. The receiver serves as the heart of my home theater, and I am very pleased with it. Setting up the receiver with the included Audyssey microphone was a snap, and calibrating it this way makes a huge difference. The level adjustments are nice, but the biggest difference, in my opinion, is the EQ applied.
Pros: Audyssey Setup, 7-channel amplifier, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA
Cons: Only 4 HDMI Inputs, Advanced Setup Can Be Confusing
Summary: I have owned many receivers and different system configurations over the years. I sold high end audio for many years and have done quite a bit of set up and instal work. Marantz units are typically very musical and this unit is no different. Powerful, smooth natural sound. However in the year I've been using this unit I have had to set up and re-set up the speaker configuration many many times. One menu option changes, undoes and restricts other menu options.
Summary: I got this to replace an aging Pioneer VSX-416 with something more up-to-date. It is partnering a set of Wharfedale Obsidian 600 speakers, only three channels are being used and the other four are idling - for now. On the cards is the bi-amping setup for the front channels. I'm a stereophile who also needs to play games with surround sound occasionally.
Summary: After doing a lot of research, I decided to get the Marantz SR5005 receiver to add to the new 55" Sony TV we recently purchased. Delivery was on time. It was a little intimating at first but then it all made sense and the rest of the setup was easy. I purchased the receiver and the Energy Home Theater system at the same time which was nice because I was able to set it up with the microphone and check out the workings of the receiver.
Summary: Well, this was an experience and I believe still on going while I try to figure out all of the function this Receiver has to offer vs what I want to accomplish. Not nearly as intuitive as I hoped. Since Surround had been around for a while, shame on me because maybe I should have been more familiar with all the acronyms and terms. I'm pretty maechanically minded, logical, and I did graduate with a BS honors degree from Boston College back in 1977.
Summary: I have long been a fan of Marantz equipment. Their products consistently perform exceptionally well, even their consumer gear like this SR5005 receiver. Before buying this model I researched numerous makes and models. I was actively seeking receivers that had 5.1 to 7.1 sound and an a/b option for multiple/alternate room delivery. Reviews and features repeatedly brought me back to the Marantz line of receivers.
Summary: I Purchased the SR5005 to replace a recently deceased 10 year old THX certified receiver, powering Klipsch Reference series speakers, and having several internet-connected devices feeding it content - Xbox360, Mvix Ultio Pro Media Center , and a Home Theater PC. Set up was a breeze. I had never used any of the automatic configuration and set up tools before, so i can't compare it against the competition, but it certainly cut the set up time drastically, although it did...
Summary: I've been nothing but impressed with this unit, especially at the price it was. Since upgrading to Blu-ray, I needed something to replace my system I was very fond of, to process the new uncompressed surround modes such as DTS HD Master and True HD. The system I replaced was a B&K Reference 50.